Brock named to vacant Berryville City Council seat
Berryville residents in Ward 2 have a new representative on the Berryville City Council.
Mayor Tim McKinney presented the council with a letter from a local resident expressing interest in serving the remainder of council member JoAnn Harris’ term after she tendered her resignation earlier this month citing health concerns.
“We have a vacancy on the City Council and haven't had a whole lot of interest,” McKinney said, “but I did receive a letter from David Brock.”
Brock, a Marshall native, is vice president of office services at Carroll Electric Cooperative.
“If appointed, I would be honored to represent the citizens of Berryville,” Brock wrote in the letter. “I have had the pleasure of living in Berryville for 21 years. My family and I enjoy this community and the high quality of life it provides. I feel I have a great understanding of the goals and the concerns of the citizens.”
McKinney said he thought Brock would be a good choice, citing his work experience.
“I think David would do a good job,” McKinney said. “He works at Carroll Electric. He’s in their accounting part and we don’t have our Cindy anymore, our numbers person, and I think David would be a good choice and a good addition.”
Harris, a former county assessor, was appointed to the council in January to fill a seat left vacant by the death of former council member Cindy George on Dec. 7, 2019. Before serving on the council, George had been the chief operations officer at First National Bank of Berryville.
After a motion from council member Linda Riddlesperger and a second from Max Nichols, the council voted unanimously to appoint Brock to fill Harris’ seat for the remainder of the term, which will end in January 2023, following the general election scheduled for Nov. 8, 2022.
Earlier in the meeting, the council heard the monthly report regarding the city’s Saunders Museum, which closed for the season in early November.
The November report, prepared by curator Joan Lasseter, showed the museum hosted 225 visitors for the shortened month.
The numbers for November represent slightly more than a week of operation and include the museum’s annual open house, which is highlighted by free admission.
“We talked about it a little bit [last meeting],” said Riddlesperger, who volunteers at the museum. “The free week, we had 206 visitors and then there was a group that had scheduled before closing to come in after the closing time. There were 19 in that group.”
Despite the week of free admission, the museum took in $352, including $95 in admission fees, $106.50 in merchandise sales and $150.50 in donations.
“We had a jar out for donations the week that it was free,” Riddlesperger said.
In 2019, November attendance totaled nine people, resulting in $40 in admission fees. In 2020, the museum hosted 33 visitors in November, resulting in $160 in admission fees and $16.75 in merchandise sales.
“It's good that we got people in there to see it,” McKinney said. “Two or three people came out and said they’d forgotten what it was like, or it was the first time they’d been there.”
The museum is scheduled to reopen for the season in April.
In other business, the council also reviewed the monthly financial report showing sales tax collected in the city during the month of November.
According to the report, the city received $155,357.60 from the city’s 1 percent sales tax — a slight decrease from the $155,543.34 received in November 2020 and from last month’s $156,585.75 — and $77,678.80 from the city’s half-cent sales tax for the community center, down from last month’s $78,292.88 and down significantly from October’s $82,807.63.
Of the tax money received from November sales, $112,069.66 was added to the city’s general fund, $17,000 to the sewer bond fund and $13,835.76 to the street fund. The remainder was divided between the Saunders Museum and the parks commission funds, which received $4,150.73 each, and the tourism and cemetery funds, which received $2,075.36 each.